1st Day Hike - Sierra Vista Trail
January 1, 2022
The Sierra Vista trailhead off of New Mexico 404
- $5 park entrance fee 13 years old and up; free for Texas State Park Pass holders and Children 12 and under. You must purchase your permit ahead of time online at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com as the Rangers guiding the hike will not be able to make change or take payment.
- Contact Name:
- Lydia Pagel
- Contact E-mail Address:
- Contact Phone Number:
- 915 444-9100
Let’s start the New Year’s resolutions off on the right hiking foot! Join us to work up a sweat and burn some calories while taking in the splendors of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and Franklin Mountains State Park.
This year Franklin Mountains State Park and the BLM are partnering on a guided hike across two states connecting BLM-managed public lands with Franklin Mountains State Park. Join us as we explore the Northern foothills of the Franklins while we learn about geology, nature, and land management in our region.
We will begin on a section of the Sierra Vista trail, a trail running between Las Cruces and the Franklin Mountains, and connect to the Northern Pass trail in Franklin Mountains State Park to make a loop of about 5 miles. This trail explores the Northern tip of the Franklin Mountains Range as it approaches Anthony’s Gap, meandering through arroyos and over foothills. There will be some elevation gain, but the overall difficulty is moderate.
Meeting location: The Sierra Vista trailhead off of New Mexico 404. Meet in the dirt parking lot on the south side of NM-404. Look for a Ranger in a white truck; they will direct you to the parking area.
Length: 5 miles
Difficulty level: Moderate
Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots; optional: hiking stick, camera, binoculars, a map.
From East El Paso on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, continue north onto NM-213 N. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto NM_404 Ohara Rd. Continue 3.9 miles. Parking will be on the left (south) side of the road.
From the West on Interstate Highway 10, take Exit #162 for NM-404 toward Anthony/ Chaparral. Turn East on NM-404 Ohara Rd. Continue 4.2 miles. Parking will be on the right (south) side of the road.